Electricity Worker Lands in Hospital After His Leg Was Allegedly Broken by MOPOL, For Disconnecting Ex-IGP’s Light (Photo)
- A worker with the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Dele Ogundele, allegedly got his leg broken by Attah Aninoko, a police sergeant attached to a house reportedly owned by former IGP, Mohammed Abubakar
- Aninoko allegedly broke Ogundele’s leg as the latter disconnected power supply from Abubakar’s house which was reportedly owing bills to the tune of N154,693
- The matter was reportedly reported to the police station at Ikoyi, and the sergeant has now been detained
- The police PRO however disagreed with the electricity company’s version of events, and stated that Ogundele’s leg had not been broken
Attah Aninoko, a police sergeant attached to a house reportedly owned by Mohammed Abubakar, a former Inspector-Genaral of Police (IGP), has allegedly broken the leg of a worker with the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Dele Ogundele, Punch reports.
The unfortunate incident occurred as Ogundele disconnected power supply to Abubakar’s house.
Onlinenigeria.com gathers that Aninoko dragged Ogundele from the pole and proceeded to brutalize him.
In the process of beating the electricity worker, his leg was reportedly broken; and Aninoko allegedly stated that “nothing will happen”.
Mr. Godwin Idemudia, Head of Corporate Communications Department, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), confirmed the incident and disclosed that Aninoko was detained after the matter was reported to the Ikoyi police.
According to Idemudia, ex-IGP Abubakar’s house owed a bill of N154,693.85.
He stated: “What we do is that anytime customers don’t respond and pay their bills, we go out with copies of their bills. When we get to their houses, we tell them what they owe and ask if they had made any payment in the last 24 hours.
“If they can’t produce any evidence of such, we disconnect their electricity.
“That was what we did in this case. We had two of our vehicles working in the area on that day.
“On getting to the house around 12noon on Thursday, October 19, a man came out and we asked for evidence of payment because we discovered that the house owed over N154,000.
“When he couldn’t produce it, we said we would disconnect the power. The man flared up.
“The mobile policeman came out, and while our official was disconnecting the power from the pole, he ordered him to come down.
“In fact, he dragged the official down and beat him up. In the process, the official sustained injuries and his left leg was broken.”
He went further: “When he (Aninoko) was taken to the station, he started boasting that nothing would come out of the case.
“We believe that nobody is above the law. The case should not be swept under the carpet. The Divisional Police Officer has assured us that justice would be served.”
However, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, the public relations officer of the Lagos state Police Command, stated that the electricity workers were being mischievous, and that Ogundele’s leg had not been broken.
He stated: “This people know that the property belongs to a former civil servant and they are just trying to be mischievous.
“They came and said the house owed some bills and before the residents could go in to bring out their record, they had cut off power.
“There were policemen in the area and they tried to intervene.
“There was nobody that suffered any broken leg or any injury. Care should be taken not to damage the good name of the former civil servant.
“The DPO is trying to mediate and the case is under investigation.”
See photo below:
Dele Ogundele pictured with his leg bandaged after the alleged incident (Photo credit: Punch)
Meanwhile, Onlinenigeria.com previously reported that 2 workers with the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), were killed in Oshodi.
The men were trying to repair a power pole when suddenly a short circuit occurred.
One of the workers were killed on the spot, while his colleague fell off the ladder.